Italian Conductor and Composer, over the last few Seasons he has conducted the following orchestras: Budapest Concert Orchestra (MAV), Warsaw Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra (IDSO), Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen (Germany), Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal (Germany), Capella Cracoviensis (Poland), Arpeggione Kammerorchester (Austria). He has recently had a successful debut in the Sala Sinfonica of the Auditorio National de Musica in Madrid. In December 2010 the Councilor for Arts and Culture of the City of Savona, in front of a full public gathered together in the splendid Chiabrera Theatre, has given Maestro Canonici the 2010 Premio Cirone for his activity as Conductor and Composer.
As of the 2008 Season, Aurelio Canonici has been nominated Artistic Director of the “Richard Wagner” Symphonic Section of the Ravello Festival. Here he has performed in many editions since 1994. In particular, in 2003 he had the honour of conducting the first Symphonic Dawn Concert, a concert which, due to its growing success, he was subsequently invited to repeat for 8 consecutive years: in 2004 and 2005 (with the Krakow Opera Orchestra), in 2006 (with the Verdi Philharmonic of Salerno), in 2007 and 2008 (with Orchestra Nuova Scarlatti of Naples) and in 2009 and 2010 (with Savaria Symphony Orchestra). He studied Piano and Composition, received a degree in Philosophy, after which he specialised in Orchestral Conducting at the renowned Vienna Academy (Hochschule für Musik). Within a few years he has conducted the Virtuosi di Santa Cecilia, the Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra, the Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia, the Moldavian Radio-Television Orchestra (in Carlo Felice Opera House), the Symphony Radio Bucharest, the National Opera of Warsaw (La Traviata), the Krakow, Katowice and Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestras and at the Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Wroclaw.
In 1999 he recorded in Warsaw a CD of Italian songs (Bellini, Leoncavallo, Tosti, Bixio) with the tenor Ryszard Karczykowski and the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He was also guest Conductor at the Krakow Opera (Rigoletto, Un Ballo in Maschera, La Bohème).
His new production of Rigoletto has been described by all the national press as one of the best musical performances in recent years.
He has also conducted concerts with a fusion of Classical and Jazz music (Miles in the Sky, for the 15th anniversary of the death of Miles Davis) and Classical and Rock (Concerto Grosso per i New Trolls, performed with Yaso Orchestra, now available on CD and DVD by BMA label). He has worked with prestigious soloists such as Michele Campanella, Massimiliano Damerini, Paolo Restani, Filippo Gamba, Francesco Libetta, Guy Touvron, Ciro Scarponi, Giovanni Angeleri, Edoardo Zosi, Anna Tifu, Luca Canonici, Francesca Patanè and Eugenij Nesterenko.
Some of his musical compositions were recorded in 2010 on the CD Open Dialogues for Emotional Melodies (Edizioni Musicali Rai Trade). The CD “Orchestral Movements” has been recently released for “Rai Trade”. In June 2009 Aurelio Canonici has composed for Italian television channel Rai Uno the soundtrack for the documentary “La Valigia con lo Spago” (“The Roped Suitcase”). Once again for Rai Uno, he composed in 2011 the soundtrack for the documentary “Musulmani Europei (European Muslims – “Rai Trade” Publishers). In May 2009 Le Cáriti Editore (Florence) published Aurelio Canonici’s Book “Musica e Sofia – Problematiche filosofiche nell’opera di Richard Wagner” (Music and Sophia – Philosophical Issues in Richard Wagner’s opera). In June 2012 the CD entitled Al sorgere del Sole was released. This is a CD of contemporary sacred music written by Alessandro Benassai and Tommaso Palamidessi, orchestrated by Aurelio Canonici conducting the Budapest Mav Symphony Orchestra. Alongside his concert work, Aurelio Canonici teaches, holding the chair of Orchestral Practice at the Conservatorium of Sassari.
former Artistic Director at Ravello Festival
Guest Conductor at Krakrow Opera House
…The performers were an acoustic delight: the singers were excellent, the Choir and Orchestra were of a good level and onto the podium stepped a very promising young man… our own Aurelio Canonici, to conduct Rigoletto
Gabriella Buzzi, L’Opera